In thinking about creating Artstamps, I first thought about postal stamps on letters flying through the sky above continents and oceans – envelopes bearing business papers, contracts, demands, requests, advertising or personal news. While a piece of mail commonly uses language as a system constructed by human beings to convey information, an agreed upon means to an end, the Artstamp riding on its back can be a tiny missive from the more flexible and nuanced world of the poet-artist. Each of my Artstamps opens a small space that is larger than sky, because it is the space of possibility and imagination.
To create the stamps, I photographed fragments of my printed poems, pulling words, space and punctuation away from context. Children is extracted from the poem Brahmakamal, which was published in the journal Caliban Issue #7, p. 24. The entire poem can be seen at http://www.calibanonline.com/07/index.html
The other Artstamp texts are from poems in progress.
SIZE 37X30 (COMBINATION ON FULL PRINT SHEETS)
G39A-G39E UNTITLED ED 125
G39FF FIRST DAY COVER ED 24SIGN
SIZE (COMBINATION ON FULL PRINT SHEETS)
G84A-G84E UNTITLED ED 250
G84ff FIRST DAY COVER ED 26 SIGN